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Title: Algorithms for querying by spatial structure
Authors: Papadias, Dimitris
Mamoulis, Nikos
Delis, Vasilis
Keywords: Content-based retrieval
Spatial joins
Issue Date: 1998
Citation: Very large data bases : proceedings, New York, USA, 24-27 Aug. 1998, IEEE, New York, USA, 1998, p. 546-557
Abstract: Structural queries constitute a special form of content-based retrieval where the user specifies a set of spatial constraints among query variables and asks for all configurations of actual objects that (totally or partially) match these constraints. Processing such queries can be thought of as a general form of spatial joins, i.e., instead of pairs, the result consists of n-tuples of objects, where n is the number of query variables. In this paper we describe a flexible framework which permits the representation of configurations in different resolution levels and supports the automatic derivation of similarity measures. We subsequently propose three algorithms for structural query processing which integrate constraint satisfaction with spatial indexing (R-trees). For each algorithm we apply several optimization techniques and experimentally evaluate performance using real data.
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